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  • WEEK 6 | Friday, 23 February 2018


    Gina Diez Barroso de Franklin

    Gina Diez Barroso has been a pioneer in the fields of arts and education for over 20 years beginning in 1990, the year in which she created and launched Grupo Diarq.
    DIARQ is a holding company with eight subsidiaries currently employing over 1,000 people.

    One of the most prestigious real estate development and design firms in Latin America, DIARQ has completed over 650 residential and hospitality projects to date.

    In 2004, Mrs. Diez Barroso founded CENTRO; the first university in Mexico City specialized in creative studies. CENTRO currently offers seven undergraduate degrees and one master´s program, as well as a broad range of continuing education courses in related disciplines. In just 8 years since opening, the university has grown rapidly to its present student enrollment of 2,500 and is recognized as Mexico´s best university in its field.

    Mrs. Diez Barroso has given lectures in business schools in the United States, Mexico and Qatar.

    In 1992, she founded Fundacion Diarq, a non-profit organization that works towards eradicating domestic violence and preventing bullying in schools. In 2004, she founded Fundacion Pro-Educacion Centro, a non-profit organization granting merit-based scholarships to deserving students pursuing degrees in creative studies.
    Mrs. Diez Barroso sits on several international boards and is one of the two only Mexicans belonging to C200 (200 Women Business Leaders of the World).